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Spotify Settles $1.6 Billion Lawsuit

Dec 20, 2018  •  Post A Comment

After being sued for damages of at least $1.6 billion, Spotify has settled a lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing. The music publisher sued late last year alleging that Spotify had been using tens of thousands of its songs without a license, Billboard reports.

“In the original filing, dated Dec. 29, 2017, Wixen sought damages worth at least $1.6 billion,” Billboard reports. “The lawsuit’s dismissal ushers in a ‘broader’ business partnership between the two parties and ‘fairly and reasonably resolves’ Wixen’s claims related to the licensing of its catalog, according to a statement.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“As previously reported, Wixen filed suit against Spotify after opting-out of an earlier class action suit filed by singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick and others, for which Spotify announced a $43 million settlement,” Billboard notes. “Wixen Music objected to that deal, resulting in its own lawsuit against the streaming giant, which it claimed ‘committed willful, ongoing copyright infringement.'”

The report adds: “Wixen Music Publishing administers compositions by numerous high-profile songwriters, including Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, the Beach Boys, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Jonathan Richman, and Rage Against the Machine’s Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello, among many others.”

Wixen President Randall Wixen said in a statement: “Spotify is a huge part of the future of music, and we look forward to bringing more great music from our clients to the public on terms that compensate songwriters and publishers as important partners. I am truly glad that we were able to come to a resolution without litigating the matter. Spotify listened to our concerns, collaborated with us to resolve them and demonstrated throughout that Spotify is a true partner to the songwriting community.”

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